inCOMMON Community Development
Rating: 4 stars 1 1 review 188
Location: 1258 S 13th Street Omaha NE 68108
Results: We have spent a lot of time with neighbors and residents, serving over 20,000 meals to date! We have also been spending most all of our efforts bringing the neighborhoods a central Community Center that will open in Spring 2011.
Target demographics: The under resourced Park Avenue neighborhoods in Omaha, Nebraska.
Geographic areas served: Ford Birthsite, Columbus Park, Leavenworth District and Park East Park neighborhoods.
Programs: All of Mosaic Community Development's ministries are focused on building relationships with the impoverished and marginalized in our very own city. SupportWorks is a team approach ministry of small church-based groups or families, which exists to -transform communities through community by developing supportive relational networks that offer holistic care for the impoverished with the aim of ending chronic cycles of poverty and restoring lives. Life on the Brick exists as an entry to healthy relationships by providing food and clothing, which will bridge the gap and help address issues of homelessness. We can think of no more beautiful place to build relationships than over a shared meal around the table. Our goal is to break down the dichotomy of 'giver' and 'receiver', and celebrate life alongside one another.
We share a meal every Monday night from 5:30-7:00pm. Park Avenue Community Collaboration is a diverse network of over 20 area faith leaders from 12 local churches and organizations focused on responding in relational service to pressing local needs and concerns. Each Saturday a different volunteer/church group provides a free lunch to the community, with the purpose of meeting practical needs and developing relationships among our Park Avenue neighbors. Together Forward: MCD works to partner with local churches to help mobilize them to connect with refugees in Omaha, in the hope of seeing these churches build relationships with the refugee populations and develop holistic ministries to serve one another. Since early 2007, local church Coram Deo has been serving the Burundian Refugee Community through Harambe (Kirundi for 'together pushing forward'). Each Sunday members of small groups pick up members of the Burundian community, fellowship together at church, then join one another at MCD for a home-cooked meal as they practice learning English through ESL and in the context of community.
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Our church has partnered with InCommon for many years now. They have consistently connected us to the poor, homeless, and marginalized as our friends and fellow neighbors. No longer are we a church that wants to patronize the poor; we see them as our friends. To me, this is the hallmark of InCommon - building healthy friendships.
There have been many church members who have told me how awkaward they felt to simply sit down and share a meal, a story, a game, and some of life with a friend in poverty. They couldn't hide behind a serving line, passing out food. Each time I hear the story, I smile because I know InCommon is accomplishing their goal.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
many ways: my own life through friendships with the leaders of InCommon, in our church through the small groups that partner with InCommon, in my neighborhood, and more.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
help other buy into the mission - even though friendships are more difficult, they are also way more effective.